IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of glaucoma and other diseases of the eye, today announced that on February 28, 2017 it resubmitted its NDA (New Drug Application) for RhopressaTM to the FDA after notification by its contract drug product manufacturer that the vendor’s Tampa, Florida facility is now ready for pre-approval inspection by the FDA for RhopressaTM. As background, the RhopressaTM NDA was withdrawn in October 2016 due to the contract manufacturer not yet being prepared for pre-approval inspection by the FDA at that time.
“We are delighted to have our RhopressaTM NDA filing back on track, and we expect a standard twelve-month FDA review process from the date of resubmission. Pending approval, we anticipate product launch in the second quarter of 2018,” said Vicente Anido, Jr., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Aerie.
Dr. Anido added, “Looking forward to additional upcoming milestones, we continue to expect in the second quarter of 2017, the readout of the six-month safety and efficacy data for the RhopressaTM Phase 3 registration trial, known as Rocket 4. We also anticipate in the second quarter of 2017, the readout of the 90-day efficacy data from Mercury 2, our second Phase 3 registration trial for RoclatanTM (netarsudil/latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%.”
RhopressaTM (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, is a novel eye drop that we believe, if approved, would become the only once-daily product available that, based on Aerie’s preclinical and clinical studies, specifically targets the trabecular meshwork, the eye’s primary fluid drain and the diseased tissue responsible for elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma. Preclinical and clinical studies have also demonstrated that RhopressaTM lowers episcleral venous pressure, which contributes approximately half of IOP in healthy subjects. Further, based on Aerie’s preclinical studies, RhopressaTM may provide an additional mechanism that reduces fluid production in the eye and therefore lowers IOP. Biochemically, the active ingredient in RhopressaTM, netarsudil, has been shown in Aerie studies to inhibit both Rho Kinase (ROCK) and norepinephrine transporter (NET). Recent preclinical studies have also shown that RhopressaTM may have disease-modifying properties, including an anti-fibrotic effect of netarsudil on trabecular meshwork cells and the potential to increase perfusion of the trabecular meshwork.
The results of two Phase 3 registration trials (Rocket 2 and Rocket 1) for RhopressaTM were included in the NDA filing resubmitted to the FDA, as announced today. Rocket 2 will represent the pivotal trial, and Rocket 1 will be supportive. There are two additional Phase 3 registration trials currently underway for RhopressaTM, named Rocket 3 and Rocket 4. Rocket 3 is a 12-month safety-only study in Canada that was not needed for the NDA filing. Rocket 4 is designed to provide adequate six-month safety data for regulatory filing purposes in Europe, and was also not needed for the NDA filing. The 90-day efficacy results from Rocket 4 and Mercury 1, the initial Phase 3 registration trial for Aerie product candidate RoclatanTM (netarsudil/latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%, were also included in the resubmitted RhopressaTM NDA filing as supportive.
About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aerie is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with glaucoma and other diseases of the eye. Aerie's two lead product candidates are once-daiIy IOP-lowering therapies with novel mechanisms of action to treat patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The NDA filing for RhopressaTM (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02% was resubmitted in February 2017. The Company’s second product candidate, RoclatanTM (netarsudil/latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%, which is a fixed dose combination of RhopressaTM and widely prescribed PGA latanoprost, currently has two Phase 3 registration trials underway, named Mercury 1 and Mercury 2. If these trials are successful, a RoclatanTM NDA filing is expected to take place in late 2017 or early 2018. Aerie is also focused on the development of additional product candidates and technologies in ophthalmology.
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